If you are travelling to north-west Tasmania this year and consider yourself to be environmentally aware with a love of your surroundings, a wonderful program has been created to help connect your passion with local causes.
The Helping Hands on Holidays program is designed to provide visitors to the island state with a chance to get involved in community-based activities such as penguin counting, beach cleaning, threatened-plant spotting and even hut painting.
Travellers are encouraged to "stay a while, help a mile!" by joining up with volunteer groups in this spectacular corner of the world to help care for the beautiful natural resources that gives both locals and visitors pleasure every single day.
This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in north-west Tasmania's exquisite flora and fauna, while making friends with the region's passionate and friendly residents at the same time.
A huge selection of activities are available ranging from lending your hands for just a few hours, to spending a whole day in the thick of the action as the team makes some great progress on important projects.
No matter what your age or physical capabilities there is a way for you to help out.
Volunteers walk away feeling good about themselves and doing your bit in such a delightful landscape hardly feels like work at all.
Everybody who gets involved with the program shares a common goal – they come for the sense of community spirit and to help achieve something special.
A full list of Helping Hands on Holidays events is available on the Cradle Coast NRM website and this month there is at least one activity arranged for every day between January 14 and 30.
One of the most popular tasks is bound to be the penguin counting in Burnie, where the gorgeous creatures will be tallied as they come to roost from Bass Strait.